Michael Dell is the chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Dell, the company he founded with $1000 in 1984 at the age of 19. Notably quoted as saying that “technology is about enabling human potential,” Michael’s vision of how technology should be designed, manufactured and sold forever changed the IT industry. In 1992, Michael became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500. Today, Dell Inc. is composed of more than 100,000 team members who serve the IT needs of global corporations, small and medium businesses, governments, healthcare providers, educational institutions and home computing users. From tablets and PCs to the infrastructure, software and services that power the world’s most complex data centers and cloud computing environments, Dell’s broad range of IT services and solutions has helped millions of customers around the world achieve the outcomes that are most important to them. In 1998, Michael formed MSD Capital, and in 1999, he and his wife established the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to provide philanthropic support to a variety of global causes. Michael is an honorary member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and is an executive committee member of the International Business Council. He is also a member of the Technology CEO Council, the U.S. Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the governing board of the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India and is a board member of Catalyst. In June 2014, Michael was named the United Nations Foundation's first Global Advocate for Entrepreneurship.
Erik Brynjolfsson is the Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, a Professor at the MIT Sloan School, Chairman of the Sloan Management Review and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His widely cited research examines a variety of aspects of information technology, strategy, productivity, marketing and employment has been recognized with 10 Best Paper prizes and five patents. He teaches a popular MBA courses on the Economics of Information and an executive program on Big Data. His talk for the opening session of TED 2013 laid out an optimistic vision for the future of economic growth.
Prof. Brynjolfsson is a director or advisor for several technology-intensive firms and lectures worldwide on technology and strategy. His books include New York Times Bestseller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a time of Brilliant Technologies, co-authored with Andrew McAfee. He received AB and SM degrees from Harvard and a PhD from MIT. You can keep up with his research via his website: http://digital.mit.edu/erik or Twitter: @erikbryn.
Michael Chui is a Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute. He is based in San Francisco, CA, where he directs research on the impact of long-term disruptive technology trends, such as Big Data and Open Data, social media, and the Internet of Things, on business, the economy and society. He has served clients in the High Tech, Media and Telecom industries on strategy, innovation and product development, IT, sales & marketing, M&A and organization. Michael is a frequent speaker at major global conferences and his research has been cited in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Fast Company, Forbes, The Economist, The Times of London, WIRED, and Les Échos. Michael holds a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University and earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, and a M.S. in Computer Science, from Indiana University. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: Web Searching as Query Refinement,” examined Web user search behaviors and the usability of Web search engines. Prior to joining McKinsey, Michael served as the first Chief Information Officer of the City of Bloomington, Indiana, where he re-architected the enterprise architecture using Open Source technologies and led a project that resulted in Bloomington becoming the first community in the world to offer both live and archived video streaming of public meetings on the Web. Before that, Michael was founder and executive director of HoosierNet, Inc, a nonprofit cooperative Internet service provider that provided dial-up and broadband access to the Internet to consumers, nonprofits, governments and businesses.
Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today's most significant trends in business. As FORTUNE’s Senior Editor-at-Large, he has become one of America's sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNE on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America. Geoff’s groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the Year and has been translated into a dozen languages. Geoff’s book The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named the best management book of the year by Strategy and Business magazine. Geoff is one of America's preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, PBS's Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, where his family’s annual golf course membership used to cost $35, Geoff is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University.
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight. Today the X PRIZE leads the world in designing and operating large-scale global competitions to solve market failures. Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges. In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and mining of asteroid for precious materials. Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think. Abundance was #1 on Amazon and #2 on New York Times. He has been named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine in 2014. He earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”
Dr. Thomas Hill is Executive Director for Analytics at Dell’s Information Management Group. He joined Dell through the acquisition of StatSoft Inc. in April 2014, where he was Senior Vice President for Analytic Solutions for over 20 years, and responsible for building out Statistica into a leading analytics platform. Dr. Hill received his Vordiplom in psychology from Kiel University in Germany and earned an M.S. in industrial psychology and a Ph.D. in psychology and quantitative methods from the University of Kansas. He was on the faculty of the University of Tulsa from 1984 to 2009, where he conducted research in cognitive science and taught data analysis and data mining courses. He has received numerous academic grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Center for Innovation Management, the Electric Power Research Institute, and other institutions. Over the past 20 years, his team has completed diverse consulting projects with companies from practically all industries and has worked with the leading financial services, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retailing, and other companies in the United States and internationally on identifying and refining effective data mining and predictive modeling solutions for diverse applications. Dr. Hill has published widely on innovative applications for data mining and predictive analytics. He is the author (with Paul Lewicki, 2005) of Statistics: Methods and Applications, the Electronic Statistics Textbook (a popular on-line resource on statistics and data mining), a co-author of Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis for Non-Structured Text Data Applications (2012) and Practical Predictive Analytics and Decisioning Systems for Medicine (2014); he is also a contributing author to the popular Handbook of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining Applications (2009).
Jessica Jackley is a Founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of KIVA, the world's first peer to peer microlending website. KIVA lets users lend as little as $25 to poor entrepreneurs around the world, providing affordable capital for them to start or expand microenterprises. Named one of the top ideas of 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, and praised by Oprah, Bill Clinton and countless others, KIVA is one of the fastest-growing social benefit websites in history. Jackley was also recently praised by Forbes , named as one of 5 rising stars in Healthcare, Education, and the Environment. Jessica Jackley also stars in a viral 2012 Best Buy television commercial about how her first laptop helped her start KIVA. Jackley is the recipient of the 2012 Symons Innovator Award, which recognizes the importance of women's participation in technology innovation and business. Since its founding in 2005, KIVA has loaned over $500 million from lenders to entrepreneurs across 206 countries. For all its success, KIVA remains focused on a simple mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, one person at a time. Jackley was also a founder and CEO of ProFounder, which joined forces with GOOD in 2012 to create innovative tools and experiences for entrepreneurs to crowdfund. Jackley first saw the power and dignity of microfinance while working in East Africa with a microenterprise non-profit. Convinced that social change happens across all sectors, Jackley has worked in public, nonprofit, and private organizations including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Amazon.com, Potentia Media and many others. Jessica currently serves as a Venture Partner with the Collaborative Fund, focused on investing in creative entrepreneurs who want to change the world through emerging technologies. She is also the director of the board for Habitat for Humanity and is a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. Also an educator, Jackley was Barer Visiting Fellow at Drew University, taught Global Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at USC, and lectures frequently at other universities around the country. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA in Philosophy and Political Science, and serves as an active advisor and board member on several organizations championing women, microfinance, tech, and the arts. Discussing a wide range of timely issues, from economic development to women's empowerment to Web 2.0, she reminds us that, at the heart of social entrepreneurship, the relationships we form with each other and the extent to which we believe in each others' potential are the most powerful forces for positive change. Jackley plans to publish a book about her entrepreneurial journey, and the lessons learned along the way from entrepreneurs in unexpected places—the goat herders, seamstresses, farmers, and many more.
Andrew McAfee (@amcafee), a principal research scientist at MIT, studies how digital technologies are changing business, the economy, and society. His 2014 book on these topics, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (co-authored with Erik Brynjolfsson) was a New York Times bestseller. He writes two blogs, academic papers, and articles for publications including Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The Wall St. Journal, and The New York Times. He's talked about his work on The Charlie Rose Show and 60 Minutes, at TED and the Aspen Ideas Festival, and in front of many other audiences. He was educated at Harvard and MIT, where he is the co-founder of the Institute’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. He lives in Cambridge, watches too much Red Sox baseball, doesn't ride his motorcycle enough, and starts his weekends with the NYT Saturday crossword.
Alexis Ohanian is an entrepreneur and investor in Brooklyn, NY, best known as the co-founder of the social news site reddit. While he learned his earliest lessons in leadership and web design from his high school Quake 2 clan and Everquest guild, Alexis continued his official studies at the University of Virginia, where he met his future co-founder Steve Huffman during freshman year move-in day. At UVA, Alexis originally planned to become an immigration lawyer, he experienced an epiphany in his junior year that led him to the realization that he didn't want to practice law. Instead he convinced his best friend Steve to start a company with him. The pair traveled to Cambridge, MA during their senior year spring break to hear Paul Graham give a talk titled "How to Start a Startup." After the lecture, Alexis invited Graham out for a drink so he and Steve could pitch Graham on their business idea. Graham agreed, loved the idea, and a suggested they apply to a new seed stage venture firm he'd launched called Y Combinator. Alexis and Steve's original plan was to build an infrastructure that would allow people to order food from their cell phones. Though the idea was rejected, Alexis and Steve were invited to join the first class of Y Combinator, on the condition that they'd come up with a new concept. The next idea they pitched to Graham would become reddit.com. Sixteen months after he graduated, reddit was acquired by Condé Nast. Alexis continued to manage product and business at reddit until leaving in 2010 to volunteer in Armenia for Kiva.org. Today he sits on the board of reddit, inc., which last month alone had over 80 million unique visitors and is one of the 50 biggest US websites. After working as a Kiva Fellow in Yerevan for three months, Alexis returned to the US to focus on a social enterprise he'd started, called Breadpig. Described as a "Newman's Own for nerds," Breadpig publishes books featuring some of the most popular webcomics in the world, xkcd & Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, and produces other geeky novelties like Awesomesauce and LOLmagnetz. The non-sustainable profits are donated to worthy causes. Upon returning to the States, Alexis also accepted a position as Y Combinator's Ambassador to the East. In August 2010, just weeks before the launch, Alexis joined the team at hipmunk, Steve Huffman's second Y Combinator startup. Alexis helped create the company's brand identity and managed their marketing and PR. After a little over a year, Alexis moved to an advisory role and accepted an offer from Grand Central Publishing for his first book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made not Managed, which debuted as a national bestseller. This year, Alexis has been named a Partner at Y Combinator. In early November 2011, Alexis joined the fight against SOPA and PIPA, becoming one of the public faces for the movement, which ultimately thwarted both bills in a display of citizen power never seen before by lawmakers. He continues to fight for internet freedom working on projects like the Declaration of Internet Freedom, Internet Defense League, and the Internet 2012 Campaign Bus Tour, which toured the heartland of America with Erik Martin to campaign for the open internet and produced a documentary about the adventure, Silicon Prairie. In 2013, he launched a show on The Verge called Small Empires about NY tech startups -- the founders who create and the people who use these digital platforms. An active investor with over eighty tech startups now in his portfolio, Alexis is now one of the most prominent investors in tech. He designed the logos and brands for reddit, Breadpig and hipmunk, and proven the model for making something people love online & offline, building brands that are both community-driven (reddit) and not (hipmunk). He uses these experiences to mentor and advise the young startups in his portfolio and recent YC graduates. Along the way, Alexis has spoken at TED (a talk viewed over a million times), been rendered in CGI on NMA.TV, was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology two years in a row (and then turned 30), and included in Inc. Magazine's 30 under 30 for his work at hipmunk. He's a regular contributor on Bloomberg TV, and is especially proud of having received a personal shout out from Stephen Colbert.
Karen Quintos is senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO) for Dell, where she leads marketing for the company worldwide. She is responsible for brand strategy, global communications, customer events, social media, corporate responsibility, customer insights, marketing talent development, agency management and sales enablement. Karen serves as the executive sponsor of the largest networking group at Dell, Women in Search of Excellence. Before becoming CMO in September 2010, Karen served as vice president for public sector marketing and was responsible for driving global marketing strategies, product and pricing programs, communications and channel plans to reach millions of higher education, government and healthcare customers for Dell. Previously, she was vice president of marketing for the commercial business in North America and has also held various executive roles in services, contact center and supply-chain management. Karen joined Dell in 2000 from Citigroup, where she served as vice president of global operations and technology. She also spent 12 years with Merck & Co., where she held a variety of roles in marketing, planning, operations and supply chain. She holds a master’s degree in marketing and international business from New York University and a bachelor of science in supply-chain management from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of the board of directors of Lennox International Inc., serves as an advisory board member for Catalyst and a board member for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She also serves on the board of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and is a 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, the university’s highest honor. Forbes named Karen one of the most influential CMOs in the world, and Working Mother magazine named her Mother of the Year. She resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three children.
Chief Executive Officer Cloudera Tom has a distinguished 30-year career in the enterprise software market. Prior to Cloudera, his most recent role was as vice president and general manager of enterprise security at HP. Previous to HP, Tom served as CEO of enterprise security company ArcSight , which HP acquired in 2010. Tom led ArcSight through a successful initial public offering and subsequent sale to HP. Before ArcSight, Tom was vice president of business information services for IBM, following the acquisition of Trigo Technologies Inc., a master data management (MDM) software company, where he had served as CEO. Tom currently serves as a Board Member for Jive Software, privately held Ombud Inc., ThreatStream Inc. and Cloudera. Tom graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
As President at Palantir, Shyam oversees all customer engagements worldwide and manages day-to-day operations for the entire company. A computer scientist, Shyam developed Palantir’s Forward Deployed Engineering approach, in which technologists partner with the world’s leading government, commercial, and philanthropic institutions to solve their most critical data challenges. Shyam has been a featured speaker at TED, TED Global, and the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting at Davos, Switzerland. Prior to Palantir, Shyam was Director of Business Development for Xoom Corporation, an international money transfer company serving Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and Latin America. Shyam earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He is married to Pooja Nath Sankar, founder and CEO of the education platform Piazza. Shyam writes about technology, entrepreneurship, and global issues at www.shyamsankar.com.